Regis University is proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Opus Prize, a humanitarian award recognizing those working to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. One nonprofit will receive $1 million and two will each receive $100,000 awards on Oct. 11, when Regis hosts the 2017 Opus Prize award ceremony. All are welcome to attend the free event.
“The Opus Prize exemplifies what this University is about,” said Regis University President Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J. “This is in our DNA.”
The Opus Prize is given in partnership with a Catholic university each year to faith-based social entrepreneurs from around the world. As the 2017 partner, Regis collected nominations and formed a jury comprising nonprofit and faith leaders who selected the three finalists. Teams of Regis students, faculty members and Opus Prize officials then traveled to the finalists’ communities to confirm the merits of their organizations.
Without further ado, here are the 2017 Opus Prize finalists:
Sister Marilyn Lacey, Mercy Beyond Borders, South Sudan and Haiti
Sister Marilyn Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 after a visit to Sudan where she saw what she described as “by far the most devastated place” she’d ever experienced during her decades of work with refugees around the world. With operations in South Sudan and Haiti, Mercy Beyond Borders brings hope to more than 1,400 women and girls annually by providing educational, economic and empowerment opportunities where there are few options to escape extreme poverty.
Sister Stan Terese Mumuni, Nazareth Home for God’s Children, Ghana
After years of missionary work in West Africa, Sister Stan Terese Mumuni founded the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in 2009 to serve one of the most vulnerable populations in Ghana: “spirit children.” Certain communities believe children who are born with physical, mental or behavioral disabilities are bad omens and must be cast out or even killed. Sister Stan takes these innocents in and raises them with tenderness and love, providing the sustenance and care they need to thrive.
Dr. Jason Reinking and Dr. Noha Aboelata, Roots Community Health Center, Oakland, California
Dr. Noha Aboelata is the founder and CEO of Roots Community Health Center. Dr. Jason Reinking serves as a physician on the Street Outreach Medical Program (STOMP), a branch of Roots Community Health Center, which brings health care to impoverished people living on the streets of Oakland. Reinking and Aboelata are pioneering flexible medical services designed to meet the needs of the homeless, who are often unaware of their health care options or resist traditional brick-and-mortar clinics. STOMP is building relationships with a distrustful demographic by meeting underserved men and women where they are and healing them without judgment.
Join us during the week leading up to the Opus Prize award ceremony for student and community events where you can engage in dialogue and service with these successful leaders of nonprofits who are changing our world.
To find more information on the Opus Prize and read all about what it means for Regis, go to regis.edu/opus.